$28,000,000 | Built 1906 | 10,345 Sq. Ft. | 8 Beds | 8.5 Baths | 0.26 Acres
2828 Vallejo Street, San Francisco, California, United States, 94123
An extraordinary Tudor Revival mansion in San Francisco’s coveted Pacific Heights neighbourhood has hit the market for $28 million. Originally built on Broadway in the 1800s by shipping magnate William F. Babcock as a wedding gift for his daughter, the residence was relocated to its current site on Vallejo in 1911. This grand historic home is a place out of time, an extraordinary combination of history and possibility with eight bedrooms, eight baths, a four-car garage and a sprawling front lawn that rolls right up to the front door, this property is a rare gem, the likes of which exists nowhere else in San Francisco. The south-facing front level yard, one of only a handful in the city with such scale and usability, is sheltered from passersby on Vallejo Street by a distinctive brick wall and three Japanese maple trees. From the sidewalk, a wrought iron gate opens into the landscaped garden and the ample lush green lawn—an inviting and tranquil retreat in the heart of the city. Stone steps descend to a boxwood-lined brick walkway that leads up to the front door and a gorgeous view out over the San Francisco Bay.
Leaded glass windows frame the front door, which opens onto an expansive entrance hall with oak parquet floors and a grand curving staircase ascending upwards to a bright Palladian window and second-floor landing. Connecting off the welcoming foyer is the impressive living room, distinctive library, and stately formal dining room. To the north, the living room with its lofty, 20-foot-tall vaulted ceiling takes up the entire width of the house, offering a sense of scale and volume that is simply unreplicable. Generous bay windows are situated at the east and west ends of the room while views of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Bay, Angel Island, Alcatraz, and Palace of Fine Arts are taken in from windows with walkout balconies. The focal fireplace centered on the north wall is highlighted with intricate details of inlaid woodwork, and the redwood-lined walls and ceiling lend warmth and intimacy to the room, despite its size and the grandeur of the architecture.
Across the foyer lies a captivating library with a coffered ceiling, divine built-in window seat, and lovingly crafted bookshelves. Spend enough time in here and you will find that one of the bookshelves is disguised as a door that reveals a hidden wet bar connecting to the formal dining room. Easily accommodating both family dinners and sizable dinner parties, the stately room centers on floor-to-ceiling French doors that open onto the south-facing stone patio perfect for peaceful breakfasts or an afternoon repast. Up the grand curved staircase in the main foyer, the second level of the home features the spacious Primary Suite with a coffered ceiling, fireplace, elevator access, and south-facing windows that overlook the level lawn. The level features two additional ensuite bedrooms, each with idyllic outlooks to the gardens and the Bay.
A short flight of stairs leads up to secondary bedrooms and amenity spaces. Three ensuite bedrooms, the northern two featuring sweeping views from the Golden Gate Bridge to Alcatraz, are equally primed for a home office, study, or den. The large game room, also with elevator access, has sprawling space for relaxation, recreation, and play, and connects to the upstairs rooftop terrace; a perfect setting for a tranquil garden, open-air entertaining, or for watching ships sail in through the Golden Gate. The infrastructure of a home of this scale and grandeur is equally as impressive. Additional spaces include a main level kitchen, a catering kitchen, a full lower level dedicated to staff bedroom suites and living spaces, laundry, elevator, and garage access. 2828 Vallejo offers unimaginable space ready to be reenvisioned for whatever you need in today’s modern life. The entire property is a dream waiting to happen, already gracious and elegant, it awaits an owner with a vision of the future. Someone who values and embraces the heritage of the home and moves it forward, into the 21st century. The property is on the market for $28 million with Neal Ward of Compass.